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'Telling our stories to future generations'

On Thursday's ICT Newscast, glaring data shows just how wide the pay gap is for Native women. Plus, an artist takes traditional symbolism to the next level — and we learn about the new film “in our own hands"

Workforce data shows Native women make significantly less money than a White men. This data shows that over the course of a Native woman's lifetime, she loses out on $1 million in wages in comparison to White males. Joshua Arce is the CEO of the Partnership with Native Americans. He is a national thought leader who is passionate about fixing this data.

Jennifer Varenchik is a writer and director who started her career as an actress. She moved behind the camera so she could contribute to creating more accurate depictions of Indigenous people on screen. Her latest work is called "In Our Own Hands." It won the Gold Award at the Mindfield Film Festival — and the film has been nominated for several other awards.

Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 180 scientists, writers, scholars, and artists honored across 51 fields of study. Cannupa Hanska Luger is one of them. He is an enrolled citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold. He joins us. 

  • The National Indian Gaming tradeshow and convention kicked off this week. 
  • Water problems in Honolulu, Hawai’i have continued five months after a military mishap. 
  • In Oklahoma, Cherokee leaders visited the state’s capitol for Cherokee Nation Legislative Day last week. 
  • Many industries are showing signs of rebounding in the pandemic, including tribal tourism. 
  • Canadian soccer club Pacific FC debuted an Indigenous-themed uniform.

Find more details on these headlines at the top of today's show.


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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in South Carolina.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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